Extreme Makeover

The 49ers have taken the term “cleaning house” to a level that would make an OCD housewife beam proudly. By the time Free Agency and the Draft have come and gone, the entire building will not have a clue who the person next to them is — including the ones handing out equipment and massaging their feet.

Next comes the slightly harder part — filling the house with better “furniture” than that which has been discarded. The Niners have dabbled at this game in each of the past two seasons (and fared quite poorly), so perhaps they’ve got the hang of it this time around.

Many fans seem to think so. They’ve bellied enthusiastically up to the bar of hope yet again. Ready to hurl their poison-tipped pom pom daggers at anyone who would raise a skeptical eyebrow. It’s possible Kyle Shanahan will turn out to be the next Bill Walsh, but it’s also as likely or more that he’ll turn out to be the next Norv Turner — good OC, not so good HC.

But, as John Madden so eloquently warned, it’s easier to replace a suit than a good HC. We may not know if Shanahan will be able to match Jim Harbaugh‘s knack for winning games, but the new suit(s) in the FO are clearly an upgrade over the departed Trent Baalke.

John Lynch may turn out to be another Matt Millen, but one thing he won’t be and that’s a brown-noser to owner Jed York. Baalke was nothing before he squeezed his way into York’s inner circle and he’ll likely be little at all now that he’s gone. But Lynch was successful before he came here and he’ll be successful if he should eventually leave. He doesn’t need York to define himself.

With $80 million in CAP space, and a new GM raring to prove his worth, we’ll at least have a busy FA period, with a lot of bodies moving hither and yon for our perusal. If we’re going to be bad, we can at least be entertaining while we’re at it. With Baalke, the offseason was always one long snooze fest. And who knows? We might even be good! Or at least get lucky once in awhile.




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12 comments on “Extreme Makeover
  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Nice post. The last few years have drained a lot of spirit from 49er fans. I think we have put people in place who can make a difference. I believe what both Lynch and Shanny say. Whether they can make it work is another story. We shall see. I don’t expect a good win/loss record this year. But I do expect them to be entertaining.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bullit I have a potential FB conversion prospect for you.
    He’s going to be working as a TE in Indy but, he’s extremely short IMO.

    Just a guy to keep an eye on during the festivities…

    Jonnu Smith, Florida International – 6’3″/245
    Might find him in the later RDs?
    He put up some good Rec Stats.
    Be nice if he could transition to a lead blocker.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot to link the Invitation List –

    http://tinyurl.com/jofbc42

  4. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers makes one flawed assumption: He assumes that because, once again, Jed York has rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic and the 49ers have cap space that this will attract free agent talent. But NFL agents and players know the reputation of York. NFL agents and players know you don’t sign with the 49ers to play under Kyle’s new offense because York has shown he’ll dump a good coach if the breeze blows awkwardly and not to his liking. Players want stability to develop their brand.

    If Lynch has a good draft, and Kyle plays conservative football with average defense and no drama in SF in 2017, Lynch and Shanahan might, and it’s a big MIGHT, might attract some free agent talent in 2018. Or they’ll have to grossly overpay for a piece that doesn’t fit like Torey Smith to bamboozle stupid 49er fans into thinking this year will be different… yet again.

    NFL players aren’t stupid. And their agents are a tight-knit group of people who work within a small fraternity, buzzing around the NFL. They know York and they know it’s far better to play for a good team and take less than get a huge pay day and become irrelevant like Torey Smith.

    If Shanahan and Lynch want to rebuild this team, they’re right to gut everything, changing the culture. The next step is for Kyle to make training camp the toughest in the NFL -with the players union getting involved and disciplining the 49ers like the league did a few years ago with the Seahawks.

    Finally, Lynch needs to avoid mistakes and drama, while not spending much time trying lure in free agents (because they won’t come). Instead, Lynch’s 2017 job is simple: Build the offensive and defensive lines and trade-off the older talent for draft picks.

    If Lynch can draft good offensive and defensive line, avoid the foolish mistakes like Elway and his fax machine, and Kyle has a tough training camp, the players actually complain about, then they’d be getting off on the right foot. But the real bitch of it all is that regardless of the efforts of Lynch and Shanahan, Jed York has shown he’ll happily destroy everything like Godzilla on a Sunday morning stroll in Tokyo. That stroll makes for a good movie, but bad football. Why do you guys continue to watch?

    Oh, and did you guys notice that Colin Kaepernick won the Len Eschmont award?

  5. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “…a good movie, but bad football. Why do you guys continue to watch?”

    Why do you continue to watch us silly football fans?

    “Oh, and did you guys notice that Colin Kaepernick won the Len Eschmont award?”

    Sadly I did. This falls under the heading of ‘Things in the Niner culture that need to change’ whether York recognizes this or not. With Lynch and Shanny installed there is a chance for change. May be a flawed assumption but we do not know that yet. Do I share that hope? Yep and we will see Kemo Sabe…if not then nothing has been lost…just another lousy movie

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitwad

    Decided to crawl out from beneath your rock?
    Been waiting months for you to prove your allegation that I’m a “so called racist”.
    You must also deal in alternative facts because everyone knows that’s what you and your mentor Chuckles do.
    I guess you profess to “once atroll always a troll.

  7. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    spit, good to see ya. There is much to be discouraged about with the modern NFL game. The Refs, advertisers, and rule changes have made some games unwatchable. As far as Jed goes I believe the public/media pressure beat him down. One reason for hope is the long-term commitment he made to both Lynch and Shanny, plus the hiring of a couple of FO staff that have good NFL resumes. For those of us who don’t change colors when times are bad these hires bring some hope. It won’t happen overnight and most 49er fans know this. Kap winning the Eshmont award goes to show just how far this franchise has fallen. Time to blow it up. I guess you will be a Jets fan now.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Upcoming weekend has NFL Scouting Combine

    Friday RBs, OL and ST
    Saturday has the QBs WRs and TEs on display
    Sunday DL and LB
    Monday DBs

    Sessions will be broadcast on NFL Network

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Many speculate that Niners might be interested in Kirk Cousins

    Giving up the first round pick at 2 and obtaining Cousins and Redskins first rd pick at 16 would be a fantastic trade for the Niners.

    That would enable them to look for a WR or a LB or edge rusher with that 16th pick.

  10. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Winder: Jets? Nah. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I didn’t watch a single NFL game last season. Not even the Super Bowl. The sport, to me, is dead. It’s flag football for girls.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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